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Austin Public Schools

401 3rd Street NW
Austin, MN  55912
507-460-1900

District Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30AM - 4:30PM

Human Resources

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Thank you for visiting Austin Public Schools' Human Resources. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Austin Public Schools is committed to creating an inclusive environment that values the diversity of its employees and does not discriminate against any employee or candidate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status or membership or activity in a local commission. The school district strongly encourages anyone interested to apply to join our teams. Reasonable accommodations to access job openings or to apply for a job are available.

Our district services approximately 800 full and part time employees. We are committed to supporting the high achievement of all students through hiring and retaining high quality teachers, administrators and support staff.

The Human Resources Office oversees:

  • Employee recruitment and orientation
  • Employee contract negotiations and interpretations for all bargaining units
  • Employee relations and services
  • Student and employee data practices
  • Policy development
  • Substitute information

Please consider joining our progressive district by visiting the employment tab for additional information on any current positions available throughout the district. Our commitment to high expectations, focus and purpose, integrity and innovation helps ensure we provide the quality education each student deserves.

If you need additional information, please contact a member of our Human Resources team for assistance.


Title IX Coordinator / Human Rights Officer

The Austin Public School District takes Title IX and Human Rights complaints seriously. School Board Policy 522 governs the process for addressing these complaints. While not required, individuals can make complaints using this form.

Contact Information
John Alberts
Title IX Coordinator/Human Rights Officer
507-460-1912
john.alberts@austin.k12.mn.us

Title IX Training Information
Title IX Overview and Investigation Training
Title IX Formal Complaint
Title IX Notice of Interview
Title IX Notice of Determination
Title IX Grievance Process

Employee Training
Employee training will be completed this fall. The following employees of Austin Public Schools will participate in the training for Title IX:

  • Joey Page - Superintendent
  • John Alberts - Executive Director of Organizational Development and Administrative Services
  • Dr. Sheri Allen - Austin High School Principal
  • Dewey Schara - Ellis Middle School and IJ Holton Intermediate School Principal
  • Liza Johnson - Banfield Elementary School Principal
  • Ryan Barnick - Neveln Elementary School Principal
  • Derik Gustafson - Southgate Elementary School Principal
  • Sheila Berger - Sumner Elementary School Principal
  • Jill Rollie - Woodson Kindergarten Center Principal
  • Jen Lawhead - Community Education Director
  • Jessica Cabeen - Austin Online Academy Principal

Director of Human Resources
Sue Stark
507-460-1902

Ask me for help with:

  • Contracts & Contract Interpretation 
  • Employee Relations 
  • Retirement Questions 
  • Leave Requests 
  • Lane Changes 
  • Seniority Lists 
  • Work Comp 
  • Applitrack 

Human Resources Generalist
Jamie Norton
507-460-1910

Ask me for help with:

  • Employee Onboarding & Orientation 
  • FMLA  
  • Employee Allocations 
  • Applitrack 
  • Employee Access/Skyward
  • Employment Verification 

Human Resources Sub Services
Val Vaughn
507-460-1903

Ask me for help with:

  • AESOP 
  • Substitutes (Daily & Long Term) 
  • Employee Time Tracking/Skyward 
  • Background Checks 
  • Conference Requests 
  • ID Badges

Payroll Specialist
Jenny Sayles
507-460-1905

Ask me for help with:

  • Payroll  
  • Deductions 
  • Tax Forms 
  • 403b  
  • Time Sheets

Benefits Specialist / Cash Management
Lisa Groth
507-460-1906

Ask me for help with:

  • Health, Dental & Life Insurance 
  • Flex Plan 
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA) 
  • 1095 Form 
  • Lifeworks Program

Department of Human Resources
401 3rd Ave NW
Austin, MN 55912
507-460-1909
Fax: 507-355-2411

John Alberts
Executive Director of Organizational Development & Administrative Services
507-460-1912
john.alberts@austin.k12.mn.us

Sue Stark
Director of Human Resources
507-460-1902
sue.stark@austin.k12.mn.us

Jamie Norton
Human Resources Generalist
507-460-1910
jamie.norton@austin.k12.mn.us

Val Vaughn
Human Resources Sub Services
507-460-1903
val.vaughn@austin.k12.mn.us

Jenny Sayles
Payroll Specialist
507-460-1905
jenny.sayles@austin.k12.mn.us

Lisa Groth
Benefits Specialist / Cash Management
507-460-1906
lisa.groth@austin.k12.mn.us

Current Employees